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Staples SATs Rank in State's Top 5

Although down slightly, SAT scores of Staples High School students ranked among the top five in the state, and Principal John Dodig said he's proud of the students' success. "I'm always happy to hear our students do well," Dodig said.

Information recently released by the Connecticut Department of Education shows that 345 Staples students took the test. Average scores were 584 in reading, 597 in math and 596 in writing.

In 2009, the averages were 596 in reading, 606 in math and 605 in writing, according to Tom Murphy, spokesman for the state Department of Education.

While scores have slipped, Dodig said the averages at Staples have stayed in this zone for the past several years. And when it comes to student success on the SATs, he said the school can't take much credit.

"In my opinion, there is no direct link to the SATs and what we do here in the schools. It's an aptitude test, so most of the students' success has to do with what they come to school with from home," Dodig said. "Our kids come from enriched environments. What they bring into the high school determines whether they have the aptitude to do well in a challenging environment, and they do."

The maximum score for each section of the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) is 800 points, making the entire test worth 2400 points.

Darien High School, New Canaan High School, Weston High School and Wilton High School were also listed among the top performers. Darien was highest in math with 611, and Weston was the highest in both reading and writing with 587 and 610 respectively.

According to College Board , the next SAT test dates are Oct. 9 and Nov. 6.

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